[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 December 2016

[Insights Secure – 2017] UPSC Mains Questions on Current Affairs: 20 December 2016

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General Studies – 1;


Topic: Poverty and developmental issues

1) The official study of Maharashtra government reveals that in seven tribal belts, over 40 per cent of children are affected by some form of malnutrition. Examine the causes and comment why Maharashtra government has failed to address this issue. (200 Words)

The Hindu


General Studies – 2


Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;

2) Critically analyse the effects of subsidised Amma food centres and drinking water schemes of Tamil Nadu government on long-term governance questions of distribution, institution-building, democracy, inclusion and sustainability. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

3) What challenges does government face in rural areas in its efforts towards a cashless economy? How these challenges could be overcome? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic:  India and its neighborhood- relations

4) Do you think the issue of Dalai Lama has potential to completely upset India’s relationship with China? Should India continue to engage and entertain Dalai Lama at highest levels? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

Topic: Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States

 5) As we transition from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are taking policy centre stage in most emerging and developing countries. Critically analyse how union and state governments are dealing WASH challenge at policy level. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies 

6) Do you think setting up of a permanent tribunal to adjudicate river water disputes between States is a good step? Critically examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

Topic: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive 

7) Recently, the union government announced Lt General Bipin Rawat as the new army chief by superseding two of his seniors. How would this decision affect civil – military relations? Critically comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express


General Studies – 3


Topic:  Latest developments in S&T; Awareness in biotechnology

8) One of the most important medical insights of recent decades is that cancers are triggered by genetic mutations. However,  in recent days scientists are focusing on protein – led approach instead of gene-led approach to understanding and treating cancer. Examine why. (200 Words)

The Economist


General Studies – 4


Topic:Ethics and Human Interface:

9) Explain how ethics contributes to social and human well-being. (150 Words)

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